Wednesday evening talks series

Contemporary artists on Henry Moore
Talks Series
9th March 2011 - 30th March 2011
Leeds Art Gallery lecture theatre, 6pm

Henry Moore
'Reclining Nude'
(CGM 2)

Courtesy the Henry Moore Foundation

To coincide with the exhibitions of Moore's work at the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery, we are staging a series of four Wednesday evening talks in March by contemporary artists with longstanding interests in Moore's work.


Phyllida Barlow was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1944 and studied at Chelsea College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art.  She lives and works in London. 

Barlow has solo shows in 2011 at Hauser & Wirth, London and Kunstverein Nuerberg, Nuremberg, as well as group exhibitions at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Haus der Kunst, Munich and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.  Barlow has been exhibiting her work for over 40 years and has been a hugely influential tutor for artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Angela de la Cruz, Tacita Dean and Douglas Gordon.

Barlow will be discussing both Moore's influence on her own practice as well as his renewed relevance for contemporary artists:

"During the late 1960s it seemed necessary to reject Henry Moore: he represented a belief in sculpture which belonged to a previous time... Materials, location, actions, ephemerality, time many qualities were being absorbed into the vocabularies of 'making' which re-positioned Moore as moral and orthodox.  Now, 50 years later it is exciting to re-visit Moore... For me, the dark content which is embedded within the work of so many of those post war European artists has a powerful symbiosis with the global events of now. Their work begins to take on an authority which is no longer trapped within its belief systems of what sculpture should be, but becomes relevant to art being produced now" - Phyllida Barlow. 


March 9: Simon Starling
March 16: Bruce McLean
March 23: Paul McDevitt
March 30: Phyllida Barlow

Audio recordings of Bruce McLean, Paul McDevitt and Phyllida Barlow's talks are available in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library.

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